Alma Del Barrio, KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles, presents a
Free Salsa Festival to the Community on May 22, 2016

Los Angeles, CA – After its first successful salsa festival in October of 2014, Alma Del Barrio will celebrate its 43 anniversary with another free Salsa Music Festival on Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 11am to 6:00pm at Loyola Marymount University, Lawton Plaza, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.  The festival will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, salsa lessons, and a large dance floor.

The musical entertainment will consist of four talented L.A. bands:

Changüí Majadero: This five-piece Changüí band, dedicated to preserving the music and culture of Changüí, enchants audiences with authentic Cuban Son from Cuba. With its traditional folk rhythm and melody from Guantanamo, Changüí Majadero attracts people to dance by delivering stunning vocals, fiery bongo solos, marimbula-bass thump, driving guayo and maracas, and blazing tres-cubano solos.

Boogaloo Assassins: A Los Angeles-based 11-piece Latin band with a sound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Boogaloo Assassins self-released vinyl debut “OLD LOVE DIES HARD” (2013) spawned the 7-inch underground cross-over hit single “No No No”, receiving both regular club and radio airplay around the globe; from BBC Radio to Santa Monica’s KCRW to NYC’s pioneering hip-hop Dj Tony Touch. Hard at work on their sophomore release, Boogaloo Assassins continue to reinterpret classic Latin sounds for today’s dancefloors.

Guicho y La Tribu: Founded and directed by Nicaraguan Luis “Guicho” Vasquez, Guicho y La Tribu is one of the newest additions to the roster of salsa orchestras in the city of Los Angeles. Already a favorite one among salsa dancers on the local scene, La Tribu will bring to Alma del Barrio festival attendees, music lovers and dancers the style and sounds of New York Salsa from the 70’s mix with a blend of modern salsa arrangements.

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: Lemvo has established himself as a musical pioneer with his innovative blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with Pan-African styles such as Congo rumba, soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba. A native from São Salvador Do Congo in Angola, he grew up in Congo-Kinshasa.  He was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the US 30 years ago to pursue a law degree, but devoted his life to music. Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision. His joyous voice exudes strength, creating songs that celebrate life, and inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance exuberantly.

The Alma Del Barrio Salsa Festival is presented by 88.9 FM KXLU Los Angeles and their generous supporters.

About Alma Del Barrio

Alma Del Barrio first hit the airwaves in 1973 on 88.9 FM, KXLU Los Angeles. It was founded by two young, smart, and savvy students, Enrique “Kiki” Soto and Raul Villa, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Both students had a passion for Latin music and envisioned producing a radio show that played, salsa, Latin jazz and Latin soul. Alma Del Barrio become one of the first bilingual radio programs that emphasized education and public service. Alma del Barrio airs Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST). Everyone can join the Alma del Barrio family and listen online at www.kxlu.com. The party is on every weekend, and you’re cordially invited. The on-air volunteer staff includes Albert Price, Cristina Banuelos, Diana Murillo, Eddie Lopez, Guido Herrera, Javier Reyes, Joaquin del Toro, Jose Cristobal, Lily Regalado, Rosalva Lara, Veronica Herrera, and guest DJ Nelson Rodriguez.

Que siga la rumba!